It’s hard to argue with logic; “Home runs are fun and exciting….Steroid-enhanced athletes hit more home runs” (72). The problem with this ideology however, is that steroids do boost an athlete’s athletic ability and potential to levels that are nearly impossible to achieve without. Taking steroids is viewed by the majority of the general population, as cheating. Therefore, allowing these steroid-enhanced athletes into the hall of fame and/or validating their records and achievements without an asterisk placed beside them would destroy the integrity and strong historical significance of the game. It is confusing to many people however, how the Hall of Fame, which houses most of the game’s greatest players, can exclude the games record holder as far as homeruns in a season and career are concerned.
Shortly after, High Schools across the country followed that lead as well. The highest level of the sport, the MLB, never went down that path simply because they wanted raw and professional talent to be exhibited though the game to the country. Over the past few decades, it was evident that offensive statistics skyrocketed and defensive statistics plummeted. Once that became clear to the baseball community, they took action and put limitations on the bats, and further along eventually banned composite bats as well. Nowadays, the NCAA needs to abide by very strict limitations of what type of bats they can use.
Baseball has long been the pastime in American sports and the steroid use has caused an upset due to the tradition of the game (Carise). Players see using steroids as an artificial advantage compared to the earliest days of the sport (Carise). Players have made statements, such as “…in 2003, David “Boomer” Wells claimed that up to 40 percent of major leaguers use steroids” (Carise). In 2005, Jose Canseco who was a known steroid user for his entire career said, “…that up to 80 percent of major leaguers had taken steroids” (Carise). Testing in baseball did not begin until 2003 and steroids did not make Major League Baseball’s banned substance list until 1991 (Carise).
Troy Kesterson Professor Carmichael English 104 29 November 2011 Steroids in Baseball Athletes whether young or old, amateur or professional, are always looking for an advantage over their opponents. The desire for an “edge” and the satisfaction of winning exists in all levels of play. Successful athletes practice and work hard but others resort to drugs to give them that edge. Ever since the inception of the Major League Baseball in 1876, players have looked to gain that competitive edge. Early pitchers adopted the spitball, which was the chemical altering of a baseball with saliva, Vaseline, or mud to make the baseball behave in ways atypical of a delivered pitch.
Sabermetricians frequently question traditional measures of baseball skill. For example, they have doubts that batting average or AVG (# of hits/# of at bats) is as useful as conventional wisdom says it is because team batting average provides a relatively poor fit for team runs scored. Sabermetric reasoning would say that runs will win ballgames, and that a better measure of a player’s worth is his ability to help his team score more runs. This may imply that the traditional RBI (runs batted in) is an effective metric; however, Sabermetricians also reject RBI, for a number of reasons. Rather, Sabermetric measures are usually phrased in terms of either runs or team wins.
When athletes compete against one other, each one should have the same advantages and disadvantages. Another concern with steroids is safety. If competition is pressuring some individuals to do dangerous things, agreeing about what no one will do protects all from that pressure. Steroids might increase speed and strength if well administered and athletes could make a case that if every baseball player had access to them competition would be equalized; similar to giving
Baseball players use steroids to dominate their sport and eventually fear stopping the use of steroids. I came up with this theory due to the fact that I wonder why baseball players make the choice of using steroids and even then it seems that they can’t just get off them? Why can’t they just play the game as the way it should be and working on their skills to become more “skilled” at their own game than to “cheat” the game? Of course the players who take steroids in the game of baseball are going to be more physically better than some of the others, especially when it comes to hitting the ball. When looking back to the great players who broke hitting records and such, you think of one guy and one guy only, Mark McGwire.
Since 1999, five NRL players have had action taken against them for recreational drug use. Johns admitted there were times when he took a drug test knowing he was pushing his luck. “I’ve had so many close calls,” he said. “I’ve taken tests and thought ‘I could fail this’.” “I’d wake up in the morning and wonder how I’m not on the front of the paper.” Johns stood by his initial claim that the pill was put in his pocket by a complete stranger as he left The Church nightclub in London. Diagnosed with depression But Johns said he knew what the drug was as he had used it many times before, including throughout a brilliant playing career that had many labelling him the best to ever pull on a boot.
Zachery Stephen Julie Ramon English 101 November 20, 2012 Hall of Fame vs. Steroids Seven-time gold glove winner, 298 career average, 762 home runs (all time record holder), 2558 RBI's, ten time all star, four time most valuable player, and 71 home runs in a season (major league record) considered by many the greatest hitter that ever lived no doubt this man should be a hall of famer. Right? According to most experts no because the man listed above is Barry Bonds who played in baseballs "steroid era" and is believed to have used performance enhancing drugs. According to buysteroids.net there is no exact and clear-cut definition for it , but loosely speaking, it is any substance intended to improve a particular physical skill-set or performance, particularly in the realm of sport competitions (Enhancing Drugs). The "steroid era" in
The National League, which still exists, was founded in 1876 in response to the NA's shortcomings. Several other major leagues formed and failed, but the American League, which evolved from the minor Western League (1893) and was established in 1901 as a major league, succeeded. The two leagues were initially rivals that actively fought for the best players, often disregarding one another's contracts and engaging in bitter legal disputes. A modicum of peace was established in 1903, and the World Series was inaugurated that fall, albeit without formal major league sanction or governance. The next year, the National League champion New York Giants did not participate, as their manager, John McGraw, refused to recognize the major league status of the American League and its champion, the Boston Americans who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series.